State ferries facing recruitment problems


Last updated 9/6/2017 at Noon

Captain Tim Koivu, a Washington State Ferry employee for 43 years, currently works on the Edmonds-Kingston route.

Captain Tim Koivu began working for Washington State Ferries (WSF) in an entry-level position 43 years ago, when he was studying to be an X-ray technician at Bellevue College.

“I got through with college and I decided I liked this better,” he said. “I started out at an entry level and worked my way up to captain. That was my dad’s one caveat, he said if you do this, I don’t want you to stay at an entry level.”

Koivu has been with the ferry system long enough to see a plethora of changes implemented and many challenges overcome. Currently, WSF is facing a problem because of the...

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